As a topping on crackers, toast or a sandwich a spread such as this can not only be a way of incorporating more nutrients into your diet, but also a way to get your chocolate fix without actually eating chocolate.
The perfect replacement for sugar laden Nutella (which is made from hazlenuts and chocolates and all sorts of other things). If you make this for the kiddies, you may find you need to sweeten it to their taste. I suggest adding some dried dates to the recipe if that is the case.
- 200 grams hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup healthy oil such as olive, avocado, macadamia or non GM canola.
- 2 tbsp honey or sugar (optional) or you could also sweeten it with stevia.
Hazelnuts contain fibre to help keep the digestive system healthy and lower cholesterol. The mono and polyunsaturated oils contained in hazelnuts are protective against heart disease. They also contain some of the B vitamins for energy, calcium, iron and zinc. They are also high in vitamins A and E which act as antioxidants to help mop up free radicals in the body.
Cocoa: is very high in potassium which is essential for keeping our blood pressure from becoming too high. It also contains iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, and phosphorous as well as small amounts of calcium, zinc, selenium, riboflavin and niacin.
- This spread does contain a decent whack of calories, although the calories are derived from the healthy fats found in the oil and nuts. Just stick to a moderate portion.